Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Select a location where the water will be from 1 to 3 feet deep and, if possible, at least 50 feet from the shore. A stand of emergent vegetation such as bulrush is an excellent location. The pipe should extend out of the water at least 3 feet. Choose an area along the north or west shore or in a protected bay where it will be less apt to get pushed over by the ice action in the spring. More than one structure can be placed in a wetland as long as they are at least 200 yards apart. It also helps if the view from one to the other is obstructed. Nesting material should be placed in the tub by March 1 as Canada geese are early nesters. Put enough material into the tub so that it extends above the top.
Geese will not always find the tub the first year--do not be discouraged. Check to make sure the tub is filled with nesting material annually and that the tub has not been pushed over by ice.
Fiberglass baskets (tubs) for elevated goose nesting structures:
Fiberglass Unlimited, Inc. South Highway 81 PO Box 1297 Watertown, South Dakota 57201-1297 Raven Industries, Inc. Plastics Division PO Box 1007 Souix Falls, South Dakota 57101-1007 Kenco Plastics Company, Inc. State Highway 21 Necedah, Wisconsin 54646 Pleasure Products Manufacturing 2421 16th Avenue South Moorhead, Minnesota 56560